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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Dec 3, 2008 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Almost Being Serious Here.....

Yeah that does not sound fun, sounds pretty damn hairy in fact - the one time I actually thought "Wow we could go down" was a trip we were fishing off of Cape Hatteras in winter time - we awoke to 40-50 knot winds and 15-20 foot seas (nothing we hadn't seen before), we had 10 or 15 miles of gear in the water (longlining) so had to 'go to work'. Well we started hauling back and the weather just kept building to where it was probably 50-60 and 20-25 foot seas and out of nowhere we got broadsided by two pretty good waves in a row and I looked up and there was the third wave looming like the proverbial mountain - I yelled out "Hang On" as load as I could and grabbed hold of the Bait table in a big bear hug - and this wall of water came down on and laid our 63 foot steel boat on her side (Cliff , this was the Snoopy II). After the wave passed I was on the high side with Water above my knees, the Cap'n was laying flat on his back on the side of the Cabin, the butcher was washing around the middle of the deck in about 3-4 feet of water and our port outrigger was buried and the starboard rigger was pointed straight up at the sky. It seemed like it took forever for the boat to come back to an even keel with the massive amounts of water pouring out of the scuppers. I remember thinking to myself "If there was just one more big wave in that train we probably would have been capsized". Anyway - there was no other wave and I'm here to tell the story. The Cap'n decided to cut the rest of the gear loose and declare it a loss - it think it was 2 or 3 miles of gear at $1,000 dollars a mile. By cutting the gear loose we could actually drive to a proper course to suit the conditions as when hauling back you have to run parallel to the gear so you don't have many options, and unfortunately for us the gear happened to be fairly parallel to the waves that day (perpendicular to the wind). It was the only time I ever felt vulnerable on that boat.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 3, 2008 3:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Almost Being Serious Here.....

Jim, that sounds pretty scary,,,because on the Snoopy II, you were risking your life with the boat still tied to the dock!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Dec 4, 2008 5:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Almost Being Serious Here.....

Aw she wasn't a bad boat while I worked on her. I recently saw Provider II heading out - now that glass boat was 15 or 16 when I worked on her in 1986!! I could not believe she was still fishing - sure hope they weren't going offshore!!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 3, 2008 12:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Almost Being Serious Here.....

I've only seen the Three Sisters wave phenomenon twice in almost 13 years of sea tours. Once in the Gulf Stream North Wall on the edge of a cold core eddy just east of Hatteras and once at an undisclosed location doing, umm, never mind.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Dec 3, 2008 1:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Almost Being Serious Here.....

My encounter would have been 90 or 91, you motivated me to look up and scan some pics - I'm the guy holding the small Mako and a Budwiser.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 3, 2008 1:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Wow

Impressive.

Looks like you were just outrunning the set in the last pic - were those following seas or were you just stuck sliding sideways down the trough.

I'll look around for some more boat pics and get them hung up here.

First one is us on the surface at about 15 knots.
Second one is CITY of CORPUS CHRISTI running about due east - very cool shot with the backlighting.



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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Dec 3, 2008 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wow

We were steaming home from Hatteras to LI and had following seas off port quarter for many hours - the photos don't do it justice - it was actually a pretty nice ride as they were long rollers with one occasionally cresting. For someone prone to seasickness it would have been very uncomfortable however. Most of the water on deck was basically side wash from slewing - the boat was a low boat and the rail was only up to my knee - in other words a 'wet boat'.

Those are really cool pics, I've always been pretty amazed about subs - never been on one but I can imagine it must have been pretty damn neat.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Dec 3, 2008 3:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wow

I was an anchor-out on Richardson's Bay, on Waldo Point in Sausalito in the '70s.
Here's the whole sordid story -
http://crow-fjord.livejournal.com/1454.html

but worse than that were the not quite nauticals squatting at Gate 5 who (true story) built their own sailboat on the dry dock from some bozo's blueprints, stocked the sloop up with a big bags of pecans and oranges (and nothing else besides water)...
they sailed west for Tahiti from this side of Alcatraz in search of paradise, and never got there...

the hull wasn't made with wood my friends...
they built the the boat bottom with cement, no shit.

And sank like a stone a few miles out.
Those poor PCs who wouldn't touch meat or share their pecans with less enlightened hippies never came back.

Ghouls among you might care to read the whole story and more about the ex-Haight St. water squatters of Sausalito somewhere at this troll-infested bilge:

http://www.waldopoint.net/rip/rip.html

My dad was in the Sea Scouts and did time in a submarine during the Korean conflict, so he knew which way was aft...
he died aboard his cabin cruiser berthed at Gate III.

Sail on, brother... sail away papathon...

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Dec 4, 2008 5:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wow

That is a sordid story - thanks for the link. Love the shots of the menu - NY Steak $10.50, tap beer $0.75. Nice slice of history.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Dec 7, 2008 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wow

Glad you got a chance to skim the good ol' Trident menu, presumably with drool cup fastened securely...

those 10 buck steaks were juicy red tender mignon and thick as a brick!

And in keeping with the reasonably priced fare, Sausalito scuttlebutts weren't above leaving, on one occasion for what reason I can't imagine, a big fat five cent tip!

No kidding, a plug nickel. I presume that particular patron swiped a few dozen extra plys of t.p. on the way out.
Waste not, want not!

It was hard work and we deserved at least a quarter for washing their ashtrays... yes, back in the day when there were smoking & non-smoking sections.

One dishwasher was so exhasted he had a novel solution for soaking the incoming tubs of dirty dinnerware...
he chucked a boatload or two into the the bay before low tide turned against his burial at sea policy.

I revisited the restaraunt a few months after my own employment there ran aground; with two lovely gals on my arms we walked in spannered from rum zombies....

we were politely ushered through the interior mid-sections directly to the outdoor deck, and rather than be seated the hostess opened the gate, gestured for us to walk on, delicately closing it behind us...
we had been gently but firmly launched from the premises.

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Poster: Sausalito Date: Mar 10, 2009 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wow

What happened to Waldopoint.net? Now I see something called laughdragon.net, with no links to other pages. Just go to waldopoint.net and see.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 3, 2008 3:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wow

Fuckin A! You really are serious...those are some disturbing, yet beautiful, pics...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 3, 2008 12:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Almost Being Serious Here.....

Speaking of physics, there's a lot of it in that little scary post of yours...

Never have been a fan of the big waters, just speaking personally...

Much prefer my own two feet firmly planted, but I am a wimp.